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Ride On: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Scores Bitchin’ Premiere Numbers

Second season bow jumps 95 percent above last year’s debut. FX has got a major hit on its hands.

Sam Crow kicked some major Nielsen ass Wednesday night.


FX’s "Sons of Anarchy" kicked off its second season in a spectacular fashion, earning 4.3 million viewers and a 2.8 in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen.

That’s up 95 percent from the motorcycle drama’s first season premiere and a gain of roughly 75 percent above the show’s season one average.


The numbers were particularly jaw-dropping among men 18-49. "SOA" was seen by 1.96 million young men, the biggest number of any basic cable broadcast this year (not couting sports and specials).


"Sons" could be shaping up to follow the same pattern as HBO’s "True Blood," which has been setting ratings records throughout its second season.